Just wondering,I don't see a lot of them anymore. My wife wanted a bike,she wanted a old coaster brake cruiser style.So I bought one for her for Christmas,for $30 from Wal-Mart. It was on sale and that was what she she wanted. I'd like to fix it up for her,put a basket and a bell on there for her. Nothing fancy,but I'd like to surprise her.
Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
I rode a 50 mile ride two weeks ago with a group of Boy Scouts who were completing the final requirement for their Cycling Merit Badge. It was a long ride in term of time - almost 8 hours start to finish and we had some significant winds that day. One of the fathers who accompanied us on this ride rode his son's Schwinn single-speed bike while the boy rode a decent multi-speed comfort bike. The dad kept right up with the adult ride leader who was riding a Lightspeed bike. When we presented the boy with his Cycling Merit Badge, I gave the father a special award for completing the 50 miles on the one-speed bike. The boy's comment to his dad was that he could have done the 50 mile ride easier on that one-speed than on the road bike. The father's comment to me was, "the grass is always greener....". The bike the dad rode is a new one so I suppose that they are available from Schwinn dealers. Frankly, I wouldn't trade any of my multi-speed bikes/trikes for any one-speed but to each his own!
Hi! I'm new to this forum and new to riding as well. I hadn't ridden a bike for 30 years until this year. I bought my Huffy Cranbrook cruiser used from Craigslist.com. I wanted something without gears since I didn't think I needed them and don't know how to use them anyway. In the few months since I've had the bike I've learned that I do need at least some gears with all the hills around here, so I've bought a new Trek 700 wsd which I pick up tomorrow.
I posted a whole blog entry on how I accessorized my cruiser when I bought it. I had so much fun. I bought a front basket, handlebar mirror, matching helmet, and silver streamers for the handlebars. I planned to get a matching bell and water bottle holder too, but now I'll wait and get them to match my new bike instead.
Marin Pt. Reyes, Gary Fisher HiFi Pro, Easy Racers Gold Rush recumbent, Cannondale F600
I don't own one, but when I visit my friend who lives south of Cape Canaveral on the Florida coast I'll take one out on day trips. It's a lot of fun; reminds me of the bikes I rode as a kid, and for noodling around in that environment a fat-tired single speed is really all you need. If my friend would allow it I'd build up a cruiser with a 2 speed kickback hub and leave it at his place. The low gear would be good for quick starts, headwinds, and the occasional overpass climb.
I have an Electra 1 speed cruiser, and I absolutely love it! I'm in Southern California, and 1 speed cruisers are pretty common here, especially around the beaches. Since I live in a hilly area, I also have a Schwinn Sierra 7 speed if I want to ride around my neighborhood, but for those long, lazy rides at the beach or around the lake, nothing beats the laid-back feel of my cruiser!
I was in Crested Butte, Colorado a couple weeks ago and saw single speed beach cruisers everywhere. It struck me as an odd choice for a mountain town. However, the town itself is pretty flat and only a few blocks square, so a cheap, simple bike to get around town must be just the ticket.
Come to New Orleans, that's the standard bicycle here. It's flat and the pavement is in bad shape, so everyone rides puffy-tired cruiser bikes. Some people ride MTB's, but most of the gear range is excessive and never gets used. Road bikes rattle your arms something fierce on post-Katrina roads.